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post #136 of 146

Its not exactly fair. I think a fair comparison would be the pulsar vs 

 

Dynaudio C1

Bowers 805 Diamond

Raidho X1

post #137 of 146

I use a roksan kandy K2 for mine, might get the new naim or caspian m2 though

post #138 of 146
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Originally Posted by LifeAspect View Post
 

I use a roksan kandy K2 for mine, might get the new naim or caspian m2 though

I hear great things about the caspian.

 

Have you looked at Unison research amplification yet? My dealer stocked both roksan and Unison, and pointed me to the entry level Unison Unico for the LS50's despite being able to earn bigger commission for the Roksan. He said that the LS50 benefit hugely from Class A amplification and Unison provided enough wattage in Class A to make them sing.

 

I eventually went for the ayre which cost a fair bit more; but just remembered our discussion on the topic.

post #139 of 146

which unison do you mean?

 

http://www.whathifi.com/review/unison-research-simply-italy

looks pretty good aswell.

post #140 of 146

Well well, joined the KEF LS50 club this weekend! What turned out to be just curiosity ended up in a discussion whether to buy just one or two stereo pairs!

 

They are replacing B&W CM9 floorstander and CM1 bookshelf speakers in my home theatre setup which have been orphaned and looking for new homes. Have to say the KEF LS50 is a remarkable little speaker. I was initially planning on running them just off my AVR, but I'm a bit surprised by their inefficiency. So far they sound great with the Myryad MXA power amplifier. 

post #141 of 146

Have you broken them in yet? I'm not typically a believer of burning-in but these things really started sounding much better and fuller after about 50-100 hours to my ears.

post #142 of 146

The one pair of LS50s were a demo so they already had a bit of play time on them and they are sounding pretty consistent. The 2nd pair is brand new and I noticed that they need a bit of burn in.

 

 

In my haste to get home I forgot to buy proper stands for them. As all the Hi-Fi shops were closed yesterday I got a little bit creative (or cheap...). Bought these two cement pillars, which happened to be the ideal height, for $10 each at a 2nd hand shop and 3 cans of spray paint. They are rather heavy so it seems to work pretty well, though its not particularly easy on the eye.


Edited by daerron - 3/17/14 at 8:13am
post #143 of 146

Nice, they actually look kind of cool, give's the KEF's a kind of Stonehenge look to them :)

post #144 of 146
looks like a nice cinema system what sub are you using?
post #145 of 146
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looks like a nice cinema system what sub are you using?

 

Yes, its a home theater based system, but the Yamaha AVR works nicely as a preamp and processor. I'm using a Velodyne SPL-1200 Ultra subwoofer and it integrates very nicely with the LS50s though I think they could with an even faster sub. I think in the US its called the Optimum 12.

 

I've since sold the B&W CMC2 centre and ordered a KEF R200c centre. Frankly the LS50s work very well without a centre speaker due to its excellent imaging and sound staging, you'd never even know the centre speaker is missing.

post #146 of 146
Yes I love the expanse and depth they have to their stage, they are a great bookshelf for their price

I currently use a rel r318 as my sub and it is great, subtle, but it just fills them out a bit, but unfortunately I'm only using 2.1 😞
System envy haha
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